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UPDATE: The Boat that Rocks closes suddenly
12:35pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
THE Boat That Rocks venue at Portland Marina has been closed suddenly.
Its Twitter page has been removed and there is a sign on the door saying it is shut.
More than a dozen people work there in full and part time positions.
Attempts are being made to honour existing bookings as much as possible including a community fireworks event and barbecue on November 5 although that event is subject to weather conditions.
Portland Marina manager Russ Levett said he received an email to say the company has ceased trading and will be liquidated.
He said: "We're actively trying to find a new tenant to honour the bookings made.
"We're a little in the dark but we're hoping to redeem this.
"We've had assurance that deposits will be returned.
"We're a little in the lap of the gods as to whether we can honour that or not.
"We're not in any way responsible or liable but we have asked Mr Badge to honour these deposits and get them to people.
"We're trying to make sure local people are as unaffected as possible."
The marina is looking for a new tenant to take over the venue which includes a restaurant and a large outside terrace.
The venue is named after the Richard Curtis The Boat That Rocked about a pirate radio station which was filmed in Portland Harbour in 2009.
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